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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Lowe (green) in New South Wales prior to abolition
Created 1949
Abolished 2010
Namesake Robert Lowe
Electors 87,153
Area 39 km2 (15.1 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan
Robert Lowe, Vanity Fair, 1869-02-27
Robert Lowe, 1869

The Division of Lowe was a Federal Electoral Division for the Australian House of Representatives in the state of New South Wales. It was located in the inner western suburbs of Sydney, on the south shore of the Parramatta River. It included the suburbs of Drummoyne, Five Dock, Croydon, Croydon Park, Burwood, Enfield, Homebush, Strathfield, Concord, Rhodes, Canada Bay, Cabarita, Abbotsford and Mortlake.

The Division was named after the Rt Hon Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke. Lowe had been a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, and former Home Secretary of the United Kingdom. The Division was created in 11 May 1949, for the 1949 federal election. It was first held by Sir William McMahon, who held the seat for over 32 years, until 1982. He was Prime Minister 1971-72.

In 2009 the seat of Lowe was abolished. Most of the area was added to the nearby Division of Reid.


Member Party Term
  (Sir) William McMahon Liberal 1949–1982
  Michael Maher Labor 1982–1987
  Bob Woods Liberal 1987–1993
  Mary Easson Labor 1993–1996
  Paul Zammit Liberal 1996–1998
  Independent 1998–1998
  John Murphy Labor 1998–2010

Election results

There was a by-election in Lowe in 1982 after Sir William McMahon resigned from the parliament.

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Preceded by
Division represented by the Prime Minister
William McMahon
Succeeded by
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